Dr. Robert W. Boyd

Dr. Robert W. Boyd

Robert W. Boyd was born in Buffalo, New York. He received the B.S. degree in physics from MIT and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Charles Townes and involves the use of nonlinear optical techniques in infrared detection for astronomy.

Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1977, and in 2001 became the M Parker Givens Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics. In 2010 he became Professor of Physics and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics at the University of Ottawa.

His research interests include studies of "slow" and "fast" light propagation, quantum imaging techniques, quantum key distribution (including atmospheric turbulence conditions), orbital angular momentum science, fundamental studies of quantum photonics, nonlinear optical interactions, nanofabrication, plasmonics, studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials, and the develop-
ment of photonic devices including photonic biosensors, single-photon sources and microlasers.

Professor Boyd has written two books, co-edited two anthologies, published over 300 research papers (≈10,000 citations, H-index 53), and been awarded nine patents. He is the 2009 recipient of the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. Prof. Boyd is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He is a past chair of the Division of Laser Science of APS and has been a member of the Board of Directors of OSA. He has also served as an APS representative and chair of the Joint Council on Quantum Electronics (it is joint among APS, OSA and IEEE/LEOS). Prof. Boyd has served as a member of the Board of Editors of Physical Review Letters and of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine. Boyd's groups websites in universities of Rochester and Ottawa are:

Selected Publications (see also Boyd's groups websites at the universities of Rochester and Ottawa):

Rotary Photon Drag Enhanced by a Slow Light Medium , S. Franke-Arnold, G. Gibson, R. W. Boyd and M. J. Padgett, Science 333, 65 (2011).
Quantum Correlations in Optical Angle-Orbital Angular Momentum Variables , J. Leach, B. Jack, J. Romero, A. K. Jha, A. M. Yao, S. Franke-Arnold, D. G. Ireland, R. W. Boyd, S. M. Barnett, M. J. Padgett, Science 329, 662 (2010).
Generation of Orbital Angular Momentum Bell States and Their Verification via Accessible Nonlinear Witnesses , M. Agnew, J. Z. Salvail, J. Leach, and R. W. Boyd., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 030402 (2013).
Full characterization of polarization states of light via direct measurement , J. Z. Salvail, M. Agnew, A. S. Johnson, E. Bolduc, J. Leach and R.W. Boyd, Nature Photonics 7, 316 (2013).
Efficient separation of the orbital angular momentum eigenstates of light , M. Mirhosseini, M. Malik, Z. Shi, and R. W. Boyd, Nature Communications 4, p. 2781 (2013).
Quantum-Secured Imaging , M. Malik, O. S. Magaña-Loaiza, and R. W. Boyd, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 241103 (2012).
Surface Plasmon Polaritons on Metal-Dielectric Nanocomposite Films , Z. Shi, G. Piredda, A. C. Liapis, M. A. Nelson, L. Novotny, and R. W. Boyd, Opt. Lett 34, 3535 (2009).
Organic photonic bandgap microcavities doped with semiconductor nanocrystals for room-temperature on-demand single-photon sources, S. G. Lukishova, L. J. Bissell, V. M. Menon, N. Valappil, M. A. Hahn, C. M. Evans, B. Zimmerman, T. D. Krauss, C. R. Stroud Jr, and R. W. Boyd, Journal of Modern Optics, 56, 167 (2009).
Optical Activity in Diffraction from a Planar Array of Achiral Nanoparticles , S.N. Volkov, K. Dolgaleva, R.W. Boyd, K. Jefimovs, J. Turunen, Y. Svirko, B.K. Canfield, and M. Kauranen, Phys. Rev A 79 043819 (2009).
The effects of local fields on laser gain for layered and Maxwell Garnett composite materials , K. Dolgaleva, R.W. Boyd, and P.W. Milonni, J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 11 024002 (2009).
Controlling the Velocity of Light Pulses , R. W. Boyd and D. J. Gauthier, Science 326, 1074 (2009).
An environmental sensor based on an integrated optical whispering gallery mode disk resonator , A. Schweinsberg, S. Hocdé, N. N. Lepeshkin, R. W. Boyd, C, Chase and J. E. Fajardo, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical,123, 727-732 (2007).
Observation of Backward Pulse Propagation Through a Medium with a Negative Group Velocity , G. M. Gehring, A. Schweinsberg, C. Barsi, N. Kostinski, R. W. Boyd, Science 312, 985 2006.
Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Response of One-Dimensional Metal-Dielectric Photonic Crystals , N. N. Lepeshkin, A. Schweinsberg, G. Piredda, R. S. Bennink, and R.W. Boyd, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 123902 2004.
Dramatic Enhancement of Third-Harmonic Generation in 3-D Photonic Crystals , P. Markowicz, H. Tiryaki, H. Pudavar, P.N. Prasad, N.N. Lepeshkin, R.W. Boyd, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 083903, 2004.
Superluminal and Slow Light Propagation in a Room-Temperature Solid , M. S. Bigelow, N. N. Lepeshkin, and R. W. Boyd, Science, 301, 200, 2003.
Observation of Ultra-Slow Light Propagation in a Ruby Crystal at Room Temperature , M. S. Bigelow, N. N. Lepeshkin, R. W. Boyd, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 113903 (2003).
Enhanced All-Optical Switching by use of a Nonlinear Fiber Ring Resonator , J. E. Heebner and R. W. Boyd, Opt. Lett. 24, 847, 1999.
Accessing the Optical Nonlinearity of Metals with Metal-Dielectric Photonic Bandgap Structures , R. S. Bennink, Y.-K. Yoon, R. W. Boyd, and J. E. Sipe, Opt. Lett. 24, 1416, 1999.